09:30 -10:00

Registration, Tea and Coffee

10:00 – 10:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Emma Mamo

Emma Mamo

Assistant Director of Workplace and Business Development, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

10:10 – 10:30

Keynote Address: Supporting Mental Health in Scotland

  • The role of employers in the Government’s 10-year vision for Mental Health
  • Updates to Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy
Live Q&A
10:20 - 10:30
10:30 – 11:00

Interactive Interview: Mental Health, Employment Law and Employer Responsibilities

  • The relationship between the Equality Act 2010, mental health, and discrimination
  • Understanding your duty of care and responsibilities as an employer employers have under health and safety legislation
  • Exploring the extent to which staff are responsible for their own wellbeing

 Session will consist of an interactive interview. Delegates will have the opportunity to put their own questions forward to our legal expert to answer and provide guidance to employers.

Live Q & A
10:50 – 11:00
Jonathan Barron

Jonathan Barron

Associate and Employment Law Specialist, DWF Law

11:00 - 11:30

Networking & Refreshment Break

11:30 - 12:00

Impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis on Employees

  • Latest research and insights into the relationships between employee wellbeing and cost-of living
  • Practical insights for employers seeking to mitigate the impacts of cost-of-living on staff wellbeing
Live Q&A
11:50 - 12:00
Marek Zemanik

Marek Zemanik

Senior Public Policy Adviser, CIPD Scotland


12:00 - 12:30

Tackling Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

  • Understanding the multi-faceted reasons for why mental health is stigmatised
  • Empowering leaders to normalise conversations around mental health and wellbeing
  • Practical examples and guidance on building awareness across the organisation
Live Q&A
12:20 – 12:30
Rachel Bottomley

Rachel Bottomley

Improvement Officer, See Me Scotland

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:25 – 14:10

Panel Discussion: Creating and Maintaining Positive Work Cultures

  • The role of leaders in creating and maintaining positive work cultures
  • Allowing lived experience to inform and normalise conversations around mental health
  • Guidance on upskilling line managers to support employee wellbeing across teams
  • Increasing the capacity and resources of line managers, MHFAs and champions leading on wellbeing
  • Placing social connectivity at the centre of wellbeing strategies and initiatives
Judy Hill

Judy Hill

Chief Inspector, Police Scotland

Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh

Health, Wellbeing & Injury Prevention Manager, BAE Systems

Liz Busby

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager, ScotRail

14:10 - 14:40

Case Study: Supporting Employee Wellbeing within Small Organisations and Teams

  • Driving positive and healthy working cultures across small teams
  • Delivering low-cost initiatives to support staff wellbeing on minimal budgets
  • Monitoring wellbeing initiatives to demonstrate impact and value for money
Live Q&A
14:30 - 14:40
David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Headteacher, Dunoon Grammar School

14:40 - 15:10

Networking & Refreshment Break

15:10 – 15:55

Panel Discussion: Intersectionality Considerations for Staff Wellbeing

  • How does mental health and wellbeing impact staff differently across identities and backgrounds?
  • Should we adopt intersectional approaches to mental health and wellbeing at work?
  • Practical examples of connecting diversity and inclusion with employee wellbeing strategies
Susan Douglas-Scott

Susan Douglas-Scott CBE

Chair, NHS Golden Jubilee

Victoria Rawnsley

Head of DG Business Support, Scottish Government

Sharon Edwards

Chair of ABLE, Home Office Disability Network

15:55 – 16:00

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Emma Mamo

Emma Mamo

Assistant Director of Workplace and Business Development, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

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